in 1995 and now in its fifteenth printing, Race Car Vehicle Dynamics
(RCVD) is the first in a series of books written by Bill and Doug Milliken
on the topic of vehicle dynamics.
both the engineer and the automobile enthusiast, RCVD explores the
engineering details governing the motions of automobiles in general and
race cars in particular. Topics addressed include: Tire behavior,
Aerodynamics, Steady-State and Transient Stability & Control, Wheel
Load analysis, Steering Systems, Suspensions, Dampers, Force-Moment
analysis, "g-g" Diagram analysis and much more. The historical
chapter on vehicle dynamics development is a good read in itself for the
February 2002 Milliken's 700-page complement to RCVD, Chassis
Design: Principles and Analysis, was published. While RCVD
looks at the fundamentals and the big picture of vehicle dynamics, this
book focuses on the details of suspension and steering systems, springing,
oscillations of the unsprung masses, sprung mass roll effects and other
design details. Implications on vehicle ride and handling characteristics
are emphasized. To learn more about this complementary text click here.
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To see the Errata List, click here.
sold over 30000 copies and is being used as a textbook at over twenty
universities. The Millikens have worked closely with faculty to develop curricula. The companion book Race Car Vehicle Dynamics: Problems, Answers and
Experiments provides problems, worked solutions, vehicle
dynamics programs on CD and other additional material to assist in learning
and understanding vehicle dynamics.
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